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UPDATE: Search called off for boater missing on Lake Pend Oreille

SANDPOINT, Idaho - UPDATE: The search for John Key was called off Monday morning, as specialized sonar instruments have been unable to see the bottom of the lake where he went missing.

According to the Bonner County Sheriff's Office, Key presumably drowned in over 1,100 feet of water. A body in water of those depths usually sinks to the bottom and is unlikely to resurface.

Sheriff Daryl Wheeler commented, “The search results are very disappointing, but given the depth of the lake in the Cedar Creek area, were not unexpected. We were all hoping to provide closure for the family and find some answers on how the tragic event occurred.”

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Bonner County officials are searching for a missing boater in the Cape Horn area of Lake Pend Oreille.

67-year-old John Arthur Key of Newman Lake was reported missing Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Key had been boating with friends during the day and left to head back to Bayview. His boat was located near the center of the lake by his friends without him on board.

Multiple agencies searched for Key, including three Bonner county Marine Division boats, Timber Lake Fire District and Spirit Lake Fire, along with other boaters on the lake.

An aerial search was conducted by Sheriff's Special Deputy Claycomb in his private helicopter. Mr. Key was not found, and the search was called off at nightfall.

The Bonner County Sheriff's Marine Division is continuing the search. Other methods will be explored.


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